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Day 9 (posted on day 10- OOPS!): Peppermint Blended Coffee


I LOVE Frappacinos from Starbucks. I HATE dislike greatly the price tag that comes along with them.

I ran across this recipe on Pinterest from International Delight. :

I already had International Delight York Peppermint Pattie Flavoring that I had picked up on my last shopping trip for $3.32 (no coupons ūüė¶ BUT it sounded yummy and¬†thus it quickly¬†found its way into my shopping cart even without a coupon!)

And THIS, my friends, is how my morning started out:


Recipe (only slightly tweaked from the pin I linked to above):

2 cups crushed ice

1 cup strong brewed coffee

1/2 cup Intl Delight York Peppermint Pattie Coffee Creamer

Whipped Cream

Chocolate Syrup (drizzled on the inside of the cup & on top of the Whipped Cream to make both look pretty)

Blender ( I used my Magic Bullet that is still going strong through consistent use for 7 yrs since I first bought it to make homemade baby food)

Blend the first three ingredients. Top with Whipped Cream. Drizzle with chocolate (‘Til your heart’s content).

And enjoy!

You’re welcome! ūüėČ

Happy Pinning,


Day 8: Scrabble Drink Coasters

My husband and I LOVE playing Scrabble. We are addicted. I mean really, REALLY addicted. I guess this makes us Nerds.

And just to complete our total nerdness, I decided to make Scrabble Drink Coasters for our home.  ( I already use loose scrabble tiles as part of our coffee table decor, so I thought why not go for the gusto and add MORE Scrabble wonderfulness to our lives!!!)

And here they are in all their Scrabble perfection:

They were actually VERY easy to make (I’m seriously thinking that these may soon become gifts for many people in my life!!!).

Complete List of Supplies Needed to Make 6 Coasters:

A computer to print out letters

A black sharpie

1 piece of Scrapbook Paper (I used a “wood grain” design that I found at Michael’s)

Modge Podge

Clear Acrylic Sealer

6 tiles (I used  coasters that my friend gave me that she no longer wanted. They were perfect because they already had a cork backing)

A piece of chalk & a pencil

Felt or Cork (if you are using tiles¬†found at Home Improvement Stores for approx $.30 each that don’t already have a backing) & glue gun

** optional glue stick or spray adhesive

I began by using my pencil to trace¬†the coasters onto the back of the scrapbook paper. I then cut out each square.¬† On my computer I printed out the letters that I wanted to use on my Scrabble pieces. I used Arial Black font in 200 size. I chose the following letters for my 7 tiles: “R” for my husband’s name, “K” for my name, “E” for my daughter’s name, and then letters for the people that most frequently come to our home……… “F” for Friend or Family, “M” for Mine or MorMor, “G” for Grandma, ¬†Grandpa¬†or Guest (it also works perfectly for my friend Ginger!), and “U” for You.

You can choose whatever letters work best for you and your family & friends.

After printing out those letters onto regular paper, I cut them out so that I could use chalk to transfer the letters to my scrapbook paper (Thanks Pinterest &¬† Emily from Jones design for this awesome¬†technique – for¬†Emily’s Pinterest tutorial please go here:

I cut around the letters (into a square) and then liberally rubbed chalk on the back of the letter.  Then I positioned the letter (right side up)  in the center of the scrapbook paper . Using my pencil I traced around the outside of each letter. This left a perfect chalk imprint of the letter on the scrapbook paper.

I then traced over the chalk imprint with a Black Sharpie marker and filled in the letter. After finishing the letter, I just freehanded numbers ( the official point value that corresponds with each Scrabble letter) in the lower right hand corner.

This is where you have options. I have Modge Podged Scrapbook paper onto all kinds of surfaces in the past and used the Modge Podge as adhesive (use a light coat on the surface and then apply the paper). I have heard that you can glue the scrapbook paper on using a glue stick. I, used Spray Adhesive (because I bought it a while ago from Hobby Lobby and had not yet used it and thought I’d give it a try). It definitely was easy to use, and it seemed like I had applied the Scrapbook paper to the coasters with no apparent air bubbles becoming trapped. (Be¬†VERY careful of this no matter what type of adhesive you use…. after putting the paper on the coaster, be sure to squeeze out any air!!!) I don’t know if I needed to wait longer between applying the spray adhesive and top layer of Modge Podge but all of a sudden as soon as I applied the Modge Podge TONS of bubbles appeared! aarghhhhhh…..

I did my best to get rid of them all, but I think next time I’ll just use Modge Podge as my adhesive on this project.

Anyway…….. so after applying the scrapbook paper to the coaster and allowing the adhesive to dry (Whatever kind you used), paint a thin layer of modge podge to the top¬†of the scrapbook paper (being sure to go over the edges of the coaster as well). Do this 3 times (allowing it to fully dry between each layer). This will seal the¬†surface.

¬†Take the tiles outside (for your lungs sake) and spray them with a coat of Spray Acrylic. This waterproofs the tiles. Let them dry for 5 minutes and then spray them one more time. The directions on the bottle say to let the sprayed surface dry for 24 hours before placing anything on top of it.¬† (¬†late entry: ¬†Be sure to follow this BECAUSE¬† after about 6 hours I figured, what the hey- they must be dry and I stacked them on my coffee table! Uh Oh ….. they stuck together! OOPS!!!! – so then after separating I sprayed another layer and let them sit for a full 24 hours like the directions said to do in the first place!) I had to let my husband know, since immediately upon showing him the finished project, he grabbed his “R” and headed off to his office with it!!! Needless to say, the coasters were a HIT in our house!!!

I would love to know what ideas you come up with for your coasters. Please leave me a comment and share your creations!!! Here’s the beautiful “Pin”spiration coasters that I saw before deciding to do a “Scrabble” theme with mine! Thanks for the idea Jenilyn!

Happy Pinning. Happy Creating.

Until tomorrow, Kirsten

Day 7: Art Party Invite

I love organizing parties.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE organizing kids parties, especially when the child being celebrated is my daughter.

Her birthday is coming up soon and she has decided on an “Art Party” theme.

We have the most amazing art studio in town where they pre-sketch an image onto an individual¬†canvas for each¬†guest before the party begins. During the party, they teach¬†each child ¬†how to use different techniques to make their canvas a true masterpiece. At the end of the party, each child is sent home with their artwork. I am not sure who is more excited about the upcoming event…. my daughter or myself!!

In a couple of weeks (after the¬†big day), ¬†I will post all the birthday party pictures and Pinterest Inspired Ideas I use to make her 8th Birthday a success….. but first……

THE INVITATIONS!!!! I searched Pinterest for inspiration… found a basic idea and then created my own FUN version!!! Here it is:

I wanted an invitation that the parents could read and the kids could actually use to create! And I DID it!…… SUCCESS!!!

At Michael’s, I found “Magic Paint Posters” (see photo below)¬†for $1.00 (that one pad was enough to make 12 invitations) and a package of 12 paintbrushes for $1.00 in the paint supply section. I already had large white envelopes and white cardstock at home. I drew a picture of a palette, scanned it into my computer and then used Word and the Paint program to fill in the party details. I printed the invite out onto the cardstock and then cut out the palette.¬† I then cut out the individual rectangle paints from the Magic Paint Poster. Unfortunately the rectangles were a little to large for the palette so I trimmed them down to squares. I then used a glue stick to attach the paint squares to the invite where I wanted them.

Do you see the little instructions located right above the paint colors? I cut out those instructions and also glued those onto the invitation so that the kids would know that these invites were to be used!!! FUN, huh? I used a hole puncher to punch holes so that I could insert a paintbrush. I also included a Poster so that the invited kids could have something to actually paint when they receive the invitation! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how these invites turned out.

This is how they will look going into the envelopes ( I will be splattering the envelopes with paint after addressing but before mailing them out):

This is the “Pin”spiration that I found that helped give me the¬†general idea¬†& wording for the Art Party Invitation¬†(Thanks

Now I’m off to pin ideas to use as “Pin”spiration for¬† her birthday party! See ya tomorrow!!!

:-), Kirsten

Day 6: Rainbow Cupcakes in honor of the Rain that I hope will soon be Falling….

Today the forecast called for rain. But, then again, so did yesterday’s weather report…..

and I fear those wonderful little droplets have passed us by…….

Here in Oklahoma, the weather seems to have a mind of its own. This California girl is beginning to realize that when they say it’s gonna rain, it probably won’t….. but on those days when they say we have a 20% chance, be sure to pack your umbrella, rain boots, and prepare the storm shelter ‘cuz it’s bound to get wild……

either way though- Rain or No Rain…. I wanted cupcakes. And I wanted cute ones. And I knew exactly which ones to make since I was in a

“Rainy State of Mind”.

Out of the pantry came the box of white cake mix (the picture shows yellow, but I used white and tossed it in the garbage before taking a picture… oops) , my food coloring,¬† my Kitchen Aid mixer and 6 little bowls.¬† I made the cake mix in the mixer and then divided it evenly into the small bowls. I followed the directions on the back of the McCormick assorted Food Coloring Drops and added color to each little bowl until I achieved the perfect shade of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Purple. I filled two muffin tins with little paper cups (I didn’t just grease and pour into the muffin tins because I wanted the colors to be more vibrant when I peeled the cupcake liners off. The first time I made these I did not use the liners and so the cupcakes looked “tanish” on the sides and it was harder to see the whole rainbow effect.) I then took a teaspoon of each color and dropped them one by one into the paper cups (beginning with purple on the bottom). The colors weren’t swirled, they were just glopped into “sorta” layers.¬† I popped them into the preheated oven and prepared my cupcake Rainbow¬†toppings.

Typically, I’m a “completely- made- from -scratch’ kinda girl, but honestly my daughter likes cupcakes just as much if they are made from a package as when I make them from flour, sugar, eggs, etc. And since they are for her (because oddly enough and you’d never know from looking at my oh-so-curvy physique, I DO NOT LIKE cake or cupcakes). I love making them… they make me happy decorating them…. but eating them? not so much….. I’ll save room for ice cream, or chocolate chip cookies, or pie, or……. (you get the point).

Anyway… back to the Rainbows.¬† In the dollar spot at Target I found Airheads (they look like long strips of Rainbows). I cut each one of those Rainbows into three pieces. First I cut off about 1/2 ¬†inch (and I ate… err…. gave Ella each of those little pieces as a treat), then I cut the remaining long strip in half. This was the perfect length to make a rainbow (I found that without cutting that little bit off, the rainbows were a bit too long and started sagging in the middle and if I cut it into thirds they were just a tad too short…). After removing the cupcakes from the oven and letting them cool slightly, I carefully peeled the cupcake liners off. I let the cupcakes finish their cooling on a wire rack. ¬†I used White Frosting that I had (¬†minus it’s sprinkles) and placed¬†the whole carton¬†in a ziploc baggie.¬† I then took my kitchen scissors and snipped off the tip of the baggie so that I could create fluffly clouds on the tops of the cupcakes. Then slightly curving the airheads, I formed rainbows atop the clouds. I finished it all off with¬† perfect little clouds on the sides made out of the most miniature mini marshmallows I’ve ever seen (see above picture).

aren’t they the happiest, sweetest, yummiest looking cupcakes you’ve ever seen. whether it rains today or not is irrelevant around our house…. we’re gonna enjoy a rainbow no matter what!

And with that… the rain just started to fall, so we’re off to go dance in the sprinkles……,


ps…. I most definitely can’t take the credit for the idea for these beauties….You guessed¬†it… another fabulous Pinterest find!!! Thanks Monica Joy & Gourmet Mom for the inspiration.

I found the rainbow cake idea here:

and I found the adorable decorative inspiration here: 

Day 5 : My girl in pictures

Today I just wanted to share two simple ideas.

I am NOT a great photographer. But I made the MOST ADORABLE AMAZING PHOTO CARDS EVER! And they were simple. And can be used for so many different occasions. And they were inspired by Pinterest, of course!

This was the picture on the front of the Valentine’s Day cards (but it could be used for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or ANY DAY!!!):

Isn’t that over the top adorable? Yep- I thought so too (in a completely unbiased way of course!) I took a piece of poster board, drew imperfect block letters, and cut them out all while waiting in the after school pick up line. I know the Moms around me probably thought I was crazy as I was moving this giant posterboard around in all directions as I sat in the drivers seat of my little compact car cutting & cutting. I even accidentally honked the horn once. Oops! But little did they know that I was about to go home and take the cutest picture EVER. The awesome thing is that you can’t even see all the creases and crinkles that I created. When I had Ella go outside to hold up the sign, I had her hold it upside down above her head to get it to read correctly. My favorite thing about this photo besides all the fun colors of her pettiskirt, socks & shoes is that you can’t even tell that she’s pouting and saying “Mooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmm….. can’t I play now instead of taking pictures?’ Nope- she looks happy and sweet and adorable! LOVE IT!

I took advantage of all of the free card offers that you can find by searching the internet for Free Greeting Cards and ended up with free¬†ADORABLE Valentine’s Cards from ¬†Cardstore, Tiny prints, Walgreens & CVS. ‚̧ it!

This was the site of  my pinterest inspiration: photo credit: unknown, found on Pinterest without proper link

And then there’s last year’s Christmas picture. For this I bought a pack of Sparkly Scrapbook Paper from the Scrapbook section at Target. I got 4 sheets for $1.00. I took advantage of some of my time spent at Ella’s school volunteering and used the letter puncher that the teacher’s use (not sure what the official name of that machine is). Someday I will have a Cricut, but for now this worked. I then used a long piece of twine and a needle and threaded the letters¬†onto a banner for Ella to hold. Using our front door as a backdrop, our Christmas photo came out adorable. I then used Vistaprint to turn this photo into a postcard. LOVED it!!!

With all of the wonderful Pinterest Photo Ideas I can hardly wait to see what our Christmas card will look like this year.

Here is the photo that inspired our Christmas card: (photo credit: unknown, found on Pinterest without proper link):

I also wanted to share a “non” Pinterest inspired photo. I took this almost 4 years ago (can’t believe it has been that long- the time has flown by……) I painted 4 wooden letters to spell out the word “Four”…. I think it turned out great and seems like it is something that nowadays would be considered “Pinteresty”.

Until tomorrow,

Happy Pinning, Kirsten


Day 4: Ampersand Love

My little brother is getting married in a month and today was his fiance’s¬†bridal shower. And here I am in Oklahoma while they are there in California ūüė¶

Sometimes (most of the time) the distance between the two places is just WAY.TOO.FAR!

For her shower I wanted to give her a little personalized creation, and I think I found the PERFECT gift. It was fun to make…. turned out adorable…. and I can’t wait to hear whether she liked it as much as I liked it. (In fact our bedroom wall is going to have one almost exactly like it adorning it soon).

Unfortunately, I only took a picture of the front ( which turned out fabulously) and not the back (which turned out….. ummmmm….. a bit improvised).

Here’s mine:

and here was the inspiration that I found on Pinterest:

On Melissa’s website, she gives a great tutorial on how she made hers. I followed it almost exactly except that I used Tan Burlap and larger¬†chipboard¬†letters. I found¬†my white ampersand at Hobby Lobby.¬† Melissa must be way more fabulous than I, because no matter how hard I tried to get the frame back together, it WOULD NOT fit back together completely without the use of Duck Tape. Yep,¬†Duck Tape (and not even the fancy kind-¬†I¬†used the plain jane silver roll)¬†this is why I said the back was just a bit crazy. I was keeping it classy, I tell ya!!! ¬†However, I found the perfect solution to cover up the Duck Tape….. Ella’s art paper (ya know the roll kind) that goes on her art easel. I cut off a piece that covered the tape and all of the back of the frame. Once I was sure that it was the right size, I wrote a sweet lovey dovey message about Allyson & Brad becoming an “and”, how they’ll always have each other, and lots of “X’s” and “O’s”… and then I glued it onto the back of the frame to cover up all that silver mess! . In all reality , by the time I was done it looked like the back of the frame was covered in that paper that art supply stores use. Impressive, huh? Hopefully Allyson was none the wiser and LOVES her Ampersand Sign as much as I do!!!

:-), Kirsten

Day 3: Chalkboard Canvas with Interchangeable Banners

I HAD to create something fun today, because quite frankly today was kinda a blah day around this ‚Äėol house. And what I created made me smile. REALLY REALLY smile. It was easy and happy and just lifted my mood. I have decided that chalkboards are one of my biggest weaknesses.

Today I made this to bring some “Summer” decor into our home:

But I didn’t stop there!!!

I saw and pinned this creation on pinterest:¬†a while ago & knew that it would definitely be one of the first crafts I made because, as I said before, I have become smitten with all things “chalkboard”

So, out came my 12√ó12 canvas, a can of chalkboard spray paint and some fun scrapbook paper scraps.

After taking it out to the garage (yes, I opened the garage door first!)  and giving it three coats of paint (and oh so patiently waiting for it to dry before applying the next coat, not a hint of sarcasm here… )

I had a chalkboard coated canvas. And then I decided to ‚Äúcuten‚ÄĚ it up a little ( is that a word?). I figured out how I wanted my banner to hang and then I nailed in two teeny, tiny nails to the back of the canvas so that I could easily change out the banners to match the season, my mood, or an occasion.

Here’s the banner I made for July 4th (and yes, I’m still going to display it, BECAUSE I figure I can still get away with American Flags being displayed around the house for a few more days….. right?)

Cute. Cute. Cute. I cut each little banner piece by hand, but after making three banners, I have decided that a trip to Hob Lob is in order for my future banners (there‚Äôs gotta be a ‚Äúbanner‚ÄĚ punch, right?).¬† I tied a little loop on the end of each piece of twine before attaching the scrapbook banner pieces to ensure that I liked the length. I used a glue stick to attach each piece of scrapbook paper to a piece of twine and then simply hooked the little loops onto the nails that I had hammered into the back of the canvas

In addition to the Summer one (that I will display as soon as it’s no longer OK to have my Independence Day Decor out..he he), I¬†also made one for the upcoming new school year (as class Mom I think I‚Äôll be bringing this to Ella‚Äôs new teacher as a Welcome Back to School gift when we find out who she‚Äôll have on Meet the Teacher night- what a simple and cute gift to bring).

When I make banners for myself and our home for the different holidays, I’ll make an extra one to give to her teacher so she can also update her boards with the seasons.  I would love to see what you make…. be sure and leave me a message and a link to your creations!!

Thanks Kelle for such an awesome pinterest project! I had fun making it my own and creating the little banners. I think I’ll hold you responsible for bringing me Chalkboard Joy & a smile today!

:-) , Kirsten

Day 2: Scrapbook Flower Canvas Art

My daughter’s room has been a project in the making… and thanks to Pinterest, we’ve been having lots of fun creating art for her room together. I’m still trying to figure out her “exact” theme……. her idea is that a perfect room for her would be blue & glittery¬†–¬†filled with horses and flowers and butterflies and Harry Potter (my 7 year old is growing up and is experiencing her first “crush” on an actor…. blech, why can’t our little ones just stay little?)……… hmmmmmmmm……

Thanks to my brother-in-law, I learned that making a room glittery is as easy as painting and throwing handfuls of glitter on the wall. A glittery blue room is now checked off the list. And Ella is in sparkly heaven.

Now, for today…… to begin incorporating the rest of the ideas (somehow??) ….

Ella & I needed a project that would be simple to do together (Yep!, I LOVE Mommy/Daughter craft days) and of course, Pinterest delivered the perfect idea.

And here it is….. our¬† Masterpiece: Scrapbook Flower Canvas Art hanging on Ella’s glittery blue wall.

Here’s the beautiful inspirational canvas I found on Pinterest.¬†Thank you Crystal for your Pinterest inspiration!!

Both are perfectly lovely, huh? So, Ella and I followed Crystal’s instructions (well…. mostly!)We used a 20×20 canvas which¬†we didn’t paint¬† (because Ella decided that she also wants lots of white in her room….. and the “decor” list¬† of¬† “wants” just keeps growing¬†– argh….) and we used 4 different types of scrapbook paper. I also used a glue stick to lightly stick the papers to the canvas before applying modge podge. It worked wonderfully and I am in LOVE with how our creation turned out. Ella, my 7 year old sweetheart (most of the time- HA!), ¬†cut out all the leaves by herself. And she also placed most of the leaves where she thought they looked best. We just hung it on her wall, and she’s already had 2 friends come over so that she can¬† show it off! Yep!, it’s THAT cute (at least in our opinion)….. I would love to hear your feedback!

Happy Pinning!,


Day 1 is here: In all its Red, White & Blue Glory!!!

The 4th of July. I LOVE it! Seeing all the American Flags displayed in the front yards of my neighbors. Going to a parade and clapping to the various marching bands versions of “Grand Old Flag” and standing in honor of the veterans as they march by in their uniforms. July 4th makes me feel united with all around me… on this day we all love the same things: The United States of America, Fireworks, Americana decor and Food.

There’s something about those fireworks each year that invigorate me, excite me. I always feel energized after leaving the Independence Day light shows!¬† This year, I have decided to take that momentum and forge ahead with an idea that I have been mulling over for a while.

I¬† ADORE Pinterest. Ahhhhh… that addiction¬† makes me feel creative even when I’m just sitting in my jammies staring at a computer screen. As the Fourth of July began¬†approaching this year, I decided that instead of just “wanting” to be creative that I would “be ” creative. Sooooooo…. on this day, I have begun my one year journey of picking a pin (or two or three) EVERY day¬†and actually CREATING it. I plan to share with you pictures of MY creations inspired by the creations I have pinned. I will share my successes & ¬†my failures… and I would love your input.¬† I KNOW that there will be pins that are a MAJOR failure for me¬† (yep! that terrible dry BBQ crockpot chicken that I tried to serve my family last night comes to mind). There may also be pins that I say were sooooo unbelievably easy (the snowmen handprint UBER ADORABLE ornaments come to mind) ¬†that just don’t seem to work for you. I would love to see¬†if what I create inspires you to¬†get out that gluegun and create. I would love your input if¬†I say that something I try is a failure for me, but that you know with just a small tweek here and there¬†became a success for you!¬†Join me on my journey…. I’m just a girl that wants to pin AND create. Let’s do this together……

DAY 1: July 4, 2012

I pinned and pinned and pinned July 4th ideas and once I chose what to create, I added it to¬†my “A Girl & A Pin: Created &….” ¬†board:

Thses are my Red, White & Blue Creations

These three projects were inspired by these pins:

Celebration Sticks:

Red, White & Blue Punch:

Cardboard Stars:

I also made this fruit salad, which was adorable but it somehow evaded my camera:

All of these projects were EASY PEASY!!! The celebration sticks, I have decided, I MUST make for every occasion! Kids love them, adults love them, and they look so pretty (and much more difficult than they are!). I think it would be yummy to dip them in melted caramel and then chocolate, and sprinkle with chopped nuts! (I may do this in the fall- they seem like they’d look “fallish”, right?…. I ‘ll be sure to keep you posted!!!) The Red, White & Blue Punch illicited a TON of ooooooohhhhhhh’s & ahhhhhhhhhhh’s….. I used Hawaiian Punch, Gatorade G2 Blueberry and Diet Sprite (actually Sprite Zero, but isnt that the same thing?!?!). I filled my serving jar with ice first, then the Hawaiian punch and then carefully, slowly poured the gatorade directly onto an ice cube rather than directly into the punch. I did the same thing with the Sprite! And Voila!¬† Adorable Red, White & Blue Drink Perfection!!!! I also made some for the kiddos in individual glasses and tried to put Pop Rocks on the Rim like this pin:¬†BUT….. FAIL! it did not work for me. This blogger stated that if the pop rocks dont stick (which is exactly what happened for me) then you can try dipping the rims in caramel first before dipping in the pop rocks. I did not try this for two reasons: #1 I did not have caramel and #2 that just sounded gross to me (caramel, pop rocks, & hawaiian punch just dont seem to “go” together…). The cardboard stars were also ridiculously easy. After cutting them, folding them, and painting them, I dipped all the the edges in a “distressed ink pad” that I have. I LOVE that additional detail. I though, did not make 2 and glue them together. I knew I was going to be propping them up against the wall on top of a distressed white mirror that I have, so I figures, “why bother” with the back. No one can tell , so I’ll leave¬† them sitting up there in all their adorable one sided glory!!!

I  hope that you and your family have a safe and wonderful evening celebrating this day filled with all things Red, White & Blue!!! I would love to know what YOU created!

Happy Fourth!,


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